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Citadel News Service
8 Jan 2016

Principled Leadership Symposium and Corps Day Weekend 2016

9th Principled Leadership Symposium with Corps Day Weekend March 17-19

The Citadel's Principled Leadership Symposium is a nationally-lauded event held in conjunction with Corps Day Weekend each year. The symposium will take place March 17-18, with most of the events to be held at McAllister Field House. It is a cadet/student-centered conference focusing on leadership and ethics, that is open to all cadets and students at The Citadel, alumni, faculty and staff and the public. Approximately 50 invited cadet and student delegates from the U.S. Military Academies, senior military colleges, and South Carolina colleges attend as guests of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

In 2016 symposium theme is Principled Leadership: Character, Courage, Community. This year's theme was selected to recognize and explore the Charleston community's united leadership effort in the wake of the killing of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is near The Citadel campus.

The full program, including breakout sessions and speakers is available by visiting The Citadel's Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics website here. Learn more by talking a look at a video from last year's symposium below.


Corps Day Weekend 2016

Corps Day at The Citadel began with an annual celebration of the college's birthday and the cutting of a giant cake that cadets shared. It has since grown to become one of the most highly attended weekend events at The Military College of South Carolina. 

The college will celebrate the 173rd birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets with a series of events held March 18 - 19.  Attractions on campus will include a dress parade, awards presentations, cadet military performances and athletics events, all preceeded by The Principled Leadership Symposium.

2016 Corps Day Schedule of Events

Thursday - March 17

10 a.m. Symposium Welcome, Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall

11 a.m. Greater Issues Address on "Courageous Leadership During Difficult Times" with Governor Nikki Haley, McAlister Field House

Noon Corps Birthday Celebration, the oldest graduate and the youngest cadet share cake cutting honors, invitation only, Coward Hall

4 p.m. Presentation on "Recognizing Heroes in Our Community," Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams, McAlister Field House

6:30 p.m. "Scholarship at Its Best: An Evening with the authors and editors of The Gold Star Journal," Bond 165

Friday - March 18

10:30 a.m. "Charleston Strong" mural walk, Hampton Park

1 p.m. Krause Center Award Presentation, McAlister Field House

4:10 p.m. Washington Light Infantry Parade Review of the Corps of Cadets, Summerall Field, canceled if raining

6 p.m. Bulldog baseball vs. Prebyterian, Joe Riley Park

Saturday - March 19

8 a.m. Board of Visitors breakfast, invitation only, Greater Issues Room in Mark Clark Hall

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sale of cadet/company photographs, Reception Room in Mark Clark Hall

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Barracks and facilities open to visitors. Regimental Pipe Band to perform at each barracks

9 a.m. Summerall Guards performance / Bond Volunteers exchange of rifles / Presentation of Anthony Griffin Sword and Club Award, Summerall Field, in the event of inclement weather, the awards move to Deas Hall

9:45 a.m The Citadel Story, a musical narration of the history of The Citadel, Summerall Field, canceled if raining

11 a.m. Dress parade with presentation of Palmetto Medals, Summerall Field, in the event of inclement weather, the awards move to Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall

12:30 p.m. 6th Annual Beautiful Bulldog contest, Johnson Hagood Stadium

  • 11:30 - registration
  • Noon - judging
  • 1:45 p.m. - winners announced during halftime of the Blue-White spring football game
  • Sponsored by The Citadel Football Association
  • Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, March 18

For entry details visit, The Citadel Football Association.

1 p.m. Blue-White spring football game, Johnson Hagood Stadium

2 p.m. Bulldog baseball vs. Presbyterian, Joe Riley Park

Sunday - March 20

9 a.m. Protestant Service, Summerall Chapel

11 a.m. Anglican-Episcopal Service, Sacred Heart Church, please contact the Chaplain's office at (843) 953-5049

11:15 a.m. Catholic Service, Sacred Heart Church with Catholic Color Guard change of command, no shuttle service

NOTE: Schedule subject to change. 

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Kim Keelor-Parker
(843) 953-2155


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